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International Accreditation by AACSB

ESB Business School is committed to international quality standards and has been accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 2019. AACSB is the world’s largest accreditation organisation with demanding quality criteria and expectations for business school education and research.   

ESB among top five percent
Only five percent of all business schools worldwide bear the coveted quality seal of AACSB, including top American universities such as Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management. 

Demanding quality standards for education and research

To receive the AACSB seal of accreditation, business schools must meet 9 quality standards in the areas of Strategic Management and Innovation, Learner Success, Thought Leadership, Engagement, and Societal Impact. These apply to the entire school, across all programmes at all levels and also include the area of research.

These include criteria such as:

- the purposeful implementation of the ESB strategy and mission

- the excellent qualifications of all teaching staff

- teaching concepts that ensure the successful acquisition of competencies and student engagement

- excellence, innovation and the effectiveness of teaching and research

Accreditation of ESB Quality Management System (QMS)

ESB Business School has been system-accredited by the Accreditation Council since 2013.

The QMS accreditation confirms that ESB Business School has an independent quality management system that guarantees the achievement of the qualification goals and the quality standards of ESB degree programmes. All ESB Business School programmes undergo comprehensive internal quality assurance measures and regular programme audits; thus achieving accreditation.

The evaluation report of the Accreditation Council confirms: 

"It became visible that systematic quality management had been established; actively accompanying the processes of change in study and teaching. (...) A special feature of ESB's quality management system (QMS) is the inclusion of the AACSB quality standards within its own QMS. The review panel was able to determine during the on-site assessments that the requirements and instruments of AACSB (...) complement the QMS in a very meaningful way. The review panel would like to positively emphasise that a noticeable culture of quality is being practised at ESB Business School".

ESB Business School was reaccredited in 2020 without any further stipulations for a further eight years and continues to bear the seal of the Accreditation Council.

Programme accreditation by FIBAA

The FIBAA Premium Seal is awarded to study programmes that exceed the defined requirements in terms of concept, content and structure and thus achieve a special quality status.

The following programmes have been awarded the FIBAA Premium Seal:

​​​​​​​as well as the part-time master's programmes in cooperation with the Knowledge Foundation@Reutlingen University (KFRU)

All study programmes conducted in cooperation with the Knowledge Foundation@Reutlingen University are programme accredited by the Accreditation Council.